Residential Solar

Information about small household installations typically mounted on a rooftop that are less than 10 kilowatts in capacity and connected to the local distribution grid.

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Solar Panel Safety for First Responders - Part 1


Solar 101 for Real Estate Professionals


Solar Lease and Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) by SolarCity


Off Grid Solar Power - How to Calculate Your Needs


How to Determine if Your Home is Right for Solar


Assessing the Costs & Benefits of Distributed Solar – Lessons & Best Practices from the National Debate


Solar Net Metering 101 for Residential


What to Expect During a Solar Site Audit


What to Expect During a Home Energy Evaluation


How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient


The Revolution Will Be Distributed


Residential Solar and Property Values


What are some of the Challenges of Rooftop Solar?


Solar 101

How can I go solar if I don't have a suitable roof?

Many homeowners who want to invest in solar energy believe that putting solar on the roof is not a practical option because their roof may be improperly oriented, shaded by trees, or have limited s


Are rooftop solar panels a fire hazard?

Like other household appliances, solar systems are rated and certified for electrical safety.


Will Congress extend solar tax incentives expiring in 2016?

The 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for residential and commercial solar systems will expire on December 31, 2016, after which the ITC credit drops to 10% for commercial systems and


What federal tax policies are currently in place for solar?

Two federal tax policies, the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and the 5-year Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), have underpinned the solar industry’s rem

Solar home

Does having solar on my home increase its value?

Historically, home appraisers have been reluctant to include solar system values in their home assessments.

leasing and owning

Is leasing or owning better for me?

Bottom Line: leasing is better if it's allowed in the your state and you do not have money to pay the upfront cost of the solar panels.


How would I get electricity when the sun isn’t shining?

If you have solar panels on your home or business, you can still get as much additional electricity as you need from your local distribution grid.

net metering

What is “net metering” and why are people arguing about it?

Net energy metering (NEM) is a policy adopted in more than 40 states and the District of Columbia that allows electricity consumers to sell excess electricity generated from their solar p


Will my home’s solar system need a lot of maintenance?

A well-installed solar system should require very little maintenance over its expected 25 plus year lifetime. The main reason is that solar systems have no moving parts that wear out over time.


What is Passive Solar Heating?

Passive solar heating, also known as passive solar design, takes advantage of a building’s architectural design to store and distribute solar energy in the form of heat.


How might comprehensive tax reform impact the solar industry?

The three most recent major tax reform proposals offered in Congress could increase solar system installation prices by as much as 58 percent as compared to the current tax regime.


Do solar panels increase the value of my home?

A January 2015 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that homebuyers would be will

Residential solar

Can public energy assistance funding be used for low-income solar?

There are a number of energy assistance programs already in place at the federal, state, and local levels designed to help low-income households afford their energy bills.